Many women intuitively know that their skin health changes throughout the month, depending upon where they are in their menstrual cycle. And there is definitely science to support this notion, as research has confirmed that your skin’s moisture, thickness, and its response to irritants fluctuate according to your menstrual cycle. Specifically, your skin loses more water at the beginning of your cycle, raising the potential for developing dry skin at this time. In addition, your skin is thinner and more easily aggravated by harsh skincare ingredients during the early part of your menstrual cycle. This combination of thinner skin and skin irritation sets the stage for bacteria to cause acne breakouts.
All of this means that your anti-aging skincare routine should shift into high gear during those first few days of your monthly cycle to promote optimal skin health. The following three strategies can help give your skin the extra TLC it needs at this time:
- Clean gently. When you wash your face, be certain to use an exfoliating facial wash that contains moisturizers and exfoliating particles that are round and thus gentle to the skin. Definitely avoid exfoliants that contain ground seeds or shells, since such particles will have sharp and jagged edges that are very harsh and damaging to the skin, particularly at the beginning of the menstrual cycle when the skin is thinner and more easily irritated. (Learn more about how harsh facial scrubs can actually cause acne and other skin problems no matter what time of the month they are used.)
- Moisturize often. To help offset your skin’s extra water loss during this time of the month, apply a high-quality anti-aging moisturizer at least twice daily (in the morning as well as mid-afternoon) and perhaps even up to four times per day depending on your individual needs. And for the under-eye area that always needs extra moisturization, you can apply under-eye creams up to every 2 hours.
- Avoid irritants. Carefully check any skincare products you use for dangerous ingredients, fragrances, or artificial colors and dyes that could irritate the skin.
- Source:Dr. Aaron Tabor